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March 2, 2010   41 Comments

Snack-Girl has been on the hunt for yogurt that makes her heart flutter. A yogurt so good that she wouldn't even miss ice cream. Is it possible?

After writing a few weeks ago about Chobani, I followed the advice of my readers and tried FAGE.

FAGE, pronounced Fa-yeh!, is absolutely delicious. There were many comments on Chobani that forced me to spend the $2 for the yogurt pictured here. Two dollars!!

Chobani costs one dollar, and Yoplait Strawberry Yogurt costs a mere 80 cents. What could be SO great about FAGE?

Well, the taste and consistency of this yogurt is dreamy. I took some out of the plain container and just added a teaspoon of maple syrup for my morning snack.

My DIY Yogurt preparation amazed me. I only ate half of the package (3.5 ounces or 65 calories) - add 20 or so for the syrup and you have an INCREDIBLE healthy snack for less than 100 calories.

Also, I only ate half the container and was satisfied - so I only spent $1 and I can save the rest for tomorrow. The only sad part is that the container doesn't allow me to seal it up so I'm going to have to use a plastic bag.

You can find a 50 cents off coupon on their website FAGE USA. You will also find out how they make their yogurt. It takes 4 pounds of raw milk to make one pound of FAGE yogurt, which is probably why it costs so much.

Sometimes you get what you pay for and I believe this is a good example of how spending more gets you something MUCH better than the average. Also, it forces you to savor what you are eating instead of just taking for granted the food in front of you.

FAGE has no high fructose corn syrup, stabilizers, artificial colors, and it tastes great and guess what? it costs more than twice as much than Yoplait Strawberry Yogurt. My advice is to eat less of a good thing if that is what you can afford.

There are flavors of FAGE. They had the idea to allow YOU to mix in the added ingredients (not unlike DIY Yogurt). I haven't tried them, but I love the idea that you can adjust the amount of added sugar by just adding less of the honey or jam in the package.

Have any of you tried FAGE? Do you like it as much as ice cream? Please share.

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41 Comments:

Fage is the best greek yogurt in my opinion. If I am going with plain greek yogurt, then I only use Fage. I really like to mix it with a bit of maple syrup for a caramel-like flavor. I also use it as a sub for sour cream.

For flavored greek yogurt or if I'm using it in a recipe (like a dip, baked good, or smoothie), my favorite is Stonyfield's Oikos because of the price. Once you add in the flavor or put in a recipe, Fage's best traits are hidden, so it's not worth the money then.

on March 2, 2010

That's a good one. You can also start your day with Fiber One cereal and tons of fruit. The end result: weight loss and much less desire for ice cream.

The reason: the fruit is so sweet that ice cream becomes unnecessary.

Ken Leebow
www.FeedYourHeadDiet.com

on March 2, 2010

I made my latest batch of yogurt with a greek yogurt starter and the yogurt I made is just like the yogurt I started with. Unbelievably thick and luscious - so creamy. Yum. And affordable.

on March 2, 2010

I totally need to try FAGE now... I've been hearing about it so much. I look for it casually when I'm in the yogurt aisle at the grocery store and I never seem to see it... Maybe I need to upgrade my grocery store to find it... I'll be on a FAGE hunt this weekend:-)

on March 2, 2010

You can find it in the natural foods cold section - it wasn't with the other yogurts in my Stop-n-Shop. I hope this helps! Lisa

on March 2, 2010

I love Greek yogurt. In fact, last night, I subbed yogurt for ice cream and made a parfait -simply plain yogurt, frozen cherries (thawed) and a drizzle of honey. YUM. Cheater hint: You can make Greek-style yogurt yourself by placing regular plain yogurt in cheesecloth, and tying the cheesecloth so that it's suspended above a bowl. Allow to drip for an hour or so, and the resulting yogurt will be much thicker and creamier. Ta-da!

on March 2, 2010

I've never had that kind of yogurt before. Does it taste just as good as Yoplait?

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on March 2, 2010

Like I already posted on the Chobani thread, I get my Fage at Trader Joe's. They (the one I go to anyway) carries the bigger size and it is much more affordable than buying the little ones. I also agree with Candice who commented on the Stonyfield's Oikos. Look at the protein content on that one, it is a good one if feeding to kids.

on March 2, 2010

Fage is great, I personally like Trader Joes brand Greek Yogurt (if you have one in your area). It's just as good and a little cheaper.
I am a registered dietitian, and think greek yogurt is SO much healthier than regular because of the high protein conent and low sugar. Plus, it's yummy with some fresh fruit and low-fat homemade granola. I eat it every morning!

on March 2, 2010

I don't know about "as good as ice cream" but I've eaten 0% Fage every morning for several years now. In the summer I go to farmers markets and stir in fresh berries. Over the winter I mix in homemade granola. It's the best.

I also add a small amount of honey or one Splenda to even out the tartness.

In Chicago you can buy Fage at all the mainstream supermarkets now, but it's so popular that sometimes they run completely out. Especially the 0% one.

on March 3, 2010

Has anyone ever tried Rachel's Organic Greek Style yogurt? I recently found it at my grocery in the UK, Waitrose, and the honey flavour is to DIE for. I'm having trouble decoding some of the nutritional information though, and can't tell if it's as healthy as other Greek yogurts. It has 3.3g of protein per 100g, and 12.7g per 100g, 12.7g of which are sugar. Is this average?

on March 3, 2010

Grab some walnuts, Fage and honey. You couldn't ask for a more nutritious meal. Your getting Omega 3's, antioxidants, calcium, live cultures and much much more. It's the perfect meal.

on March 5, 2010

I love this yogurt, lots of protein. I get it at Costco for $6 for a tub. I make smoothies with it in the summer: a little oj, a bunch of baby carrots and spinach, some frozen fruit, a banana and two big spoonfulls of this yogurt. I blend it and my kids drink it up and ask for more!

on March 5, 2010

do the carrots blend up well or do they leave chunks?

on March 5, 2010

@ Jennifer- which city/state are you in? I haven't seen it at my local Costco. All I can find at mine is Mountain High yogurt in the big tub. Also, how "big" of a size is it? I did find the like 18 oz. at TJ's and it was much less than $6, so I am thinking you also found a bigger size. Would love to know where. Thanks.

on March 6, 2010

I found the FAGE a few weeks ago, first at Costco that sells a large container of the FAGE 0%, then at my regular grocery store they have also a very limited selection, I've been getting the FAGE 2% (because that is all they have). I've been eating about 1/2 cup of this stuff for breakfast each day. I add a little sf vanilla syrup then peanut butter or berries and YUM! I totally look forward to breakfast! Thanks Snack Girl!

on April 2, 2010

So after reading this article, I decided to keep my eyes open for Fage and Oh My Word!!! How friggin fantastic this stuff tastes! First I tried the plain with some honey and wow delicious, then I bought the strawberry and peach and ate them both the same day, one for breakfast and one for dessert and I'm so happy. Thanks!

on April 4, 2010

As a fellow Grk, Fage is the most authentic Greek yogurt out there! Steve, you are right on about adding walnuts and honey (it's a classic Grk snack that I"m addicted to).
I prefer the 2% (as I do w/ my milk) because its not as thick or tart as 100% or as 'watery' as 0%.

Great, now I'm definitely craving it : - )

on April 8, 2010

Fage doesn't remind me of ice cream so much as it reminds me of a delicate mousse. I absolutely love it. To the commenter who asked if it was as good as Yoplait I'd say I consider it better, but it's a different consistency and taste. It feels much lighter than non-greek yogurt and I appreciate that I can control the amount of flavor I put in.

on April 11, 2010

Georgia (April 8, 2010) - I am with you on Fage 2%, and for the same reasons. But I don't like any sweet yogurt. My favorite summer lunch: diced seedless cucumber, mixed with some dill into a small container of plain 2% Fage. Garlic is optional. Try, you will love it on a hot day!

on April 16, 2010

I agree that Fage is the BEST!! Other brands are too sour.

Check out my TASTY TREATS blog posting on Yogurt Pudding that I make with FAGE Yogurt. It's DELICIOUS!

http://markandkimshow.com/?p=689

on July 22, 2010

love Love LOVE this stuff. The blueberry is the best if you can find it - around here it's at one Target by my parents' house (none of the other 3 I've tried and no grocery stores I've tried either, so I have a 10 mile drive to get it!). Closely followed by cherry. The honey's very strong, so that's good in that you only need a tiny bit, but I still prefer the fruit rather than just a sweetener's taste. Oh, and just a warning with Chobani, pomegranate flavor is good but they leave the seeds in. My teeth do not approve. Otherwise it's not bad (any flavor), but I agree Fage is best.

on September 5, 2010

Have you tried the chocolate pudding recipe on my website? Or better yet, go to the demo at: http://www.youtube.com/markandkimshow#p/u/5/KeFtfuJgIOk. Everyone loves the FAGE choc pudding recipe.

on September 5, 2010

Hi guys, FAGE is great, im Greek and have grown up in Greece, FAGE & Total are the norm, we prefer to drop in some honey, strawberries, whatever anyone prefers for breakfast, that's why they come plain, fruits are the best combination imo. I have been in the UK for 3 years now and it is incredible what passes for yogurt in other countries.

on September 22, 2010

Target has them for $1.50 per small container - much better price especially with the coupon. It is worth every penny because you will get so much more satisfaction from this than you will from some inferior crap yogurt.

For the flavorings-mixed in, non greek yogurt I recommend Stoneyfield farms Organic YoKids reduced sugar yogurt. They are the perfect size, flavor, and not absurdly sweet. I am able to buy them at my local Lucky/SaveMart.

on April 10, 2011

I noticed the same thing this weekend. My local Target (Chicago) has Fage for something like $1.42, which is way less than the local supermarkets.

on April 11, 2011

I tried Fage Total 2% Greek yogurt for the first time last night and I have to say I was VERY pleasantly surprised! I added the side vial of strawberry preserves and it was delicious! I've been eating Yoplait for many years and was looking for a healthier alternative. The higher protein content in Fage as well as the lower carbs compared to Yoplait helped make my mind up that Fage is more of what I've been looking for. Plus I've heard that Yoplait uses milk from cows that have been treated with hormones and that Fage doesn't get their milk from cows treated with hormones. That's another plus for Fage!

on May 26, 2011

Use the Face like German quark (which it is) as a savory topping with potatoes. Mix with low fat milk or water, season with fresh herbs (thyme, rosemary, tarragon,chives, garlic powder or dill are nice), salt and pepper, and serve with boiled potatoes or use it on baked potatoes in their skins (makes a great lunch).

on August 29, 2011

To all of you Fage lovers of which I am a big fan it is now the only yogurt I eat, Fage has come out with the 0% fruit, they only had the 2% with the fruit until recently. The O% fruit comes in Cherry Pomegranite, Blueberry, Honey, Strawberry and Mango Guava, they are all awesome and for the WW they are only 3 pts plus as opposed to the 5 pts of the 2% fruit ones. It is a great snack loaded with protein, very filling and delicious.

on August 29, 2011

Fage is no longer at Costco. The jerks phased it out for their own Kirkland brand.

on September 12, 2011

Is they Kirkland Brand Greek Yogurt made by Fage? Hopefully it will stand up to the test!

on September 16, 2011

I was so disappointed to go to Costco yesterday to stock up on Fage yogurt. I got the Kirkland brand, and it is not good. I called Costco to let them know, and they took my name, and said that I should also let everyone else I know call them too, and if they get enough calls, they'll bring Fage back. Please call!!! (800)774-2678 they even suggested I call again!

on September 17, 2011

I went to Fage's website and entered my zip code, hoping to find it in my area. Imagine how disappointed I was to see no results for my area.

But today I made a dash to Trader Joe's and I was shocked to see Fage there on the top shelf with the rest of the yogurt.

After reading all the rave reviews here, how could I leave the store without a tub? I got the 2% and can't wait to taste it! =)

on December 3, 2011

Our local Super Target has Fage now too. The 0% was on sale so I got it.

I've been eating mine with granola and almond slivers. My daughter teenaged surprised me by eating it with frozen blueberries. She usually likes that faux-yogurt with the fruit on the bottom.

on December 10, 2011

i just love fage. its creaminess makes my mouth water. WHO INVENTED YOUU?? TELL ME NOOWWWW. I might go to greece to eat this greek yogurt first-hand. i love it THAT much. okay im done now. happy snacking

on May 8, 2012

Fage is quite a bit cheaper at Target and Sunflower Market than at Kroger. I have it almost daily with a baked apple for lunch. I also stir a dollop into squash or beet soup.

on June 8, 2012

I LOVE that Fage! You can take almost any yogurt that still has the live cultures and make something similar. You just dump the container of normal yogurt into a strainer and leave in the refrigerator overnight, allowing the yogurt to drain. There you have it! (I love your site, by the way.)

on July 18, 2012

I have a problem with finding great yogurt. I bought Chobani and ate it about 2-3 days later, but when I opened the package it started to separate so I thought nothing of it and mixed it back together. When I took the first bite I ran to the sink to spit it out; it tasted SO sour! I checked the expiration date and it was still good for a long time (I forgot for how long). I assumed I bought a faulty yogurt and went back and bought another but again as I opened the container and looked inside the yogurt it had started to separate so I didn't dare it eat it for the fear of it tasting as awful as it had once before.Has anyone else had this problem? Or is Chobani that sour tasting? I'm still on the hunt for a great, healthy, yogurt and I'm willing to shell out $2 to try this!

on December 2, 2012

I've tried them ALL and nothing can compare to Fage. The flavor, texture and creaminess...as well as the nutrition packed in one cup. I'll spend the extra $, it's well worth it!!!

on December 2, 2012

I have been using Fage 0% fat for quite a long time (years). I have been buying it at Costco and more recently Walmart Supercenter has it now too, but for about $1.00 more. I love this Greek yogurt. I mix it with sunflower seeds, high protein cereal (Hi-Lo) and sweetener...my choice is Splenda or Maple Flavored Syrup sugar free for breakfast or even a snack. Of course, you can use regular sugar too. Mmmmm so good.

on March 5, 2013

I looovvveee Fage! I chop up some 4 or 5 Ghirardelli dark chocolate chips (5 calories per chip) into tiny chunks and mix it in with Fage 0. It's a great 120-125 calorie treat! :)

on June 4, 2013


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